Christmas is coming! Here in the Philippines, whenever Christmas time is approaching, lots of Christmas Hams are put out into the market.
If you wanted to make or cook your very own Christmas ham (for family consumption or for business reasons), here is a simple recipe that can surely help you out!
* 1 1/2 kilos of pork kasim (upper shoulder part which is tender and meaty)
* 3-4 stalks leeks
* 1 medium carrot (peeled and cut into 3)
* celery stalk
* bay leaf
* 5-spice powder (optional)
* 3-5 cloves of garlic
* salt and ground black pepper to season
* 1/4 cup brown sugar
* 1/2 cup pineapple juice
How To Make Filipino Style Christmas Ham:
Curing The Pork:
1). Cure pork in equal parts sugar and salt. Mix 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup salt, 1/4 cup water until fully dissolve. Put into a 2 cc syringe and inject into the pork until all used up. Place in the fridge for 7-10 days. Turning/massaging the pork each day.
2). On the last day, secure the cured ham using strings.
Cooking The Ham:
1). Meanwhile, in a bottom pan, place enough water (make sure that the liquid covers the entire pork).
2). Add all the ingredients in the pan and let simmer for 2 hours over low fire. Don’t use pressure cooker in cooking the pork.
Baking The Ham:
1). Preheat oven to 350 deg.
2). In a saucepan, let the sugar and pineapple cook until sauce thickens a bit.
3). Place the ham in a baking dish (with cover or foil cover would be just as great) enough to cover the entire width of the ham.
4). Pour in the sweetened sauce.
5). Bake each side 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
6). Let it cool.
Place the ham in the fridge for 4-6 hours. Overnight would be great. This is to make sure that the ham won’t break loose when sliced.
Recipe and Image Source: SibuyasRepublic.com
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In these times when food prices are increasing, it really pays to home cook. Aside from this, home makers can also try selling their home cooked meals to generate additional. income.
This home cook ham surely betas other "processed hams" in the grocery store. No preservatives – means no chemicals added.